Shrimp Pasta with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

Originally posted 7/31/2012.

Simple and economical, this Shrimp Pasta is made with whole wheat spaghetti and is tossed with a homemade spicy tomato cream sauce. Ready to serve in under 30 minutes!

Simple and economical, this Shrimp Pasta is made with whole wheat spaghetti and is tossed with a homemade spicy tomato cream sauce. Ready to serve in under 30 minutes!

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing an old post that I made into a new post. WHAT? Did I just blow your mind? Probably not. Were not talking rocket science or things that cannot easily be explained. We’re talking new photos and an updated recipe for one of the first recipes I posted on the blog: this Shrimp Pasta with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce.

I posted this recipe a month after I started blogging. Those were the days that my photos were meh and my story-lines were even more meh. Seriously, the below excerpt is the entire content I typed up for the original post. And below that is one of the photos. No wonder this delicious recipe was only pinned 47 times since 2012!

If you haven’t already figured it out, shrimp and other seafood are one of my favorite types of food (of course, it comes in for a close tie with Mexican food) to eat and cook with.  I had some shrimp leftover from a previous recipe that I made so on Sunday, I decided to thaw them out and use them for an excellent recipe. “What type of excellent recipe would I make?” I asked myself. I checked my pantry and my refrigerator and determined that I had some cream, spicy diced tomatoes and pasta so browsed some recipes on Pinterest to get some inspiration. What I decided to make was a Shrimp Pasta with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce. And boy oh boy was it scrumptious! Please enjoy the recipe.
Shrimp Pasta with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

I’ve learned so much since I started blogging back in 2012, like how to use a camera, take good photos and edit those photos. I’ve also become more comfortable with writing and sharing stories with all of you. I don’t know why I sometimes have problems writing for this blog. When I was a kid, I used to write stories all the time and dream of writing my own novel one day. But when I started this blog, a great outlet for writing and creativity, I just couldn’t do it. So most of my early posts were similar to that excerpt above. I guess my blog writing is sorta like my real life when it comes to talking: when people first meet me, they think I’m shy. But after they get to know me, they say I never shut up!

I made this shrimp pasta again on Sunday. We finished it on Monday for dinner. It’s just that GOOD! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!


5.0 from 2 reviews
Shrimp Pasta with Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce
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Simple and economical, this Shrimp Pasta is tossed with a spicy tomato cream sauce. Ready to serve in under 30 minutes!
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4 servings
  • ½lb of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ C sweet onion, chopped
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves
  • ½ tsp of oregano (I used dried - it's all I had at the time)
  • ¾ tsp of white sugar
  • ½ cup of half and half
  • 1 15oz can of spicy red pepper diced tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • ⅛ tsp of ground black pepper
  • 8oz of whole wheat pasta
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  • Shredded or grated parmesan cheese for garnish
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender. Once the pasta is done cooking, set aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the shrimp, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Saute in a large sauce pan for about 3-5 minutes per side. Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Add the onion, garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil to the sauce pan. Cook until the onion is tender, stirring often.
  4. Add the tomatoes, basil leaves, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well. Cook for one minute and then remove from heat. Puree with an immersion blender until the mixture is smooth. The basil leaves will chop as you do this.
  5. Add the half and half to the pan and mix well. Then add the shrimp and mix until they are coated with the sauce. Pour the sauce mixture over the pasta and mix well. I used tongs to toss the pasta and the sauce together.
  6. Serve in bowls and garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, if desired.
Cooking time includes cooking the pasta and the sauce.

This recipe makes 4 1.5 C servings or 6 1 C servings.

Addition of parmesan cheese will alter the nutrition content of this recipe.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1.5 C Calories: 390 Fat: 11g Carbohydrates: 59g Sugar: 8g Sodium: 607mg Protein: 16g

Simple and economical, this Shrimp Pasta is made with whole wheat spaghetti and is tossed with a homemade spicy tomato cream sauce. Ready to serve in under 30 minutes!
Simple and economical, this Shrimp Pasta is made with whole wheat spaghetti and is tossed with a homemade spicy tomato cream sauce. Ready to serve in under 30 minutes!

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  1. RedRoseVintage says

    Looks good!! Found you on the blog hop. Visiting from
    stop by when ever you'd like :)

  2. says

    This looks good! I'll have to keep an eye out for spicy red pepper diced tomatoes next time I'm at the store. I've never heard of them!

  3. says

    My hubbie would love you for this recipe! We love seafood, I am bookmarking this to make for my family, thanks so much for this recipe!

  4. Niki says

    This looks so good. Two of my favorite things are heat and pasta, and shrimp doesn't hurt either!

    • says

      It really is fun to see the progression, Taylor! This dinner is so SO good and super easy to make. The sauce is really great too for just tossing plain pasta with! :)

  5. says

    I love that you redid an old post, Julie! You’ve definitely come a long way! And I can totally relate, too. I used to love writing when I was younger and when i started my blog, I thought it would be great to get back into it again! It is hard, though! I’m still finding my voice without trying to bore people! :) This shrimp pasta looks fantastic! I’m loving your tomato cream sauce, looks like the perfect touch! Pinned!

    • says

      Thanks Alyssa! It’s pretty amazing to see the difference. Seriously – I thought those before photos were decent back then. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!

  6. says

    I get writers block all the time (like today) and I love seeing how far other bloggers have come. I think it gives me hope of improving myself. This pasta looks delicious! Pinning!

    • says

      Thanks Graham! Just so you know, I cannot stop thinking about your king cake fries and I was even talking to a friend at work about them today. :D

  7. says

    OMGosh… I love the 30 min recipe, and the photos looks amazing. I’m a huge fan of shrimp (I keep 6 bags – yes 6!!! – of the Costco sized bags in my freezer). Call me shrimp obsessed! But, they are so easy to de-thaw and cook with and they are a lifesaver during the week. Nevermind they’re super healthy. And I am all for re-publishing recipes with new photos – I am doing the same lately!

  8. says

    You’ve come a long way, baby! Noticed that another favorite blog of mine made a similar dish this week – great minds think alike :)

  9. says

    Oh man, I totally feel ya! Some of my first posts make me cringe. I’ve gotta go back and clean them up like you did here. This looks solid! I think my whole family would love this; I’ll definitely give it a go. Love the pics, especially that last one with the back light ;)

    • says

      Aww thanks, Allie! I’m glad I finally decided to make this again because I forgot how much I liked it and just how simple it is to make. And the boyfriend liked it too so that’s always good! Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try. :)

    • says

      LOL, that is too funny, Helen! There are a lot of things my boyfriend won’t eat that I eat. He will try it but won’t eat it. I can always tell when he doesn’t like something. I’m always like GAH. I have to make two things if I want this for breakfast (like eggs – he only likes scrambled, I love over easy). But it’s all good. :)

  10. says

    What? You reposted an old recipe to make a new one?! You’re such a rebel!!! Do you run with scissors with the sharp ends pointed up also? Ha ha! This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

    • says

      Oh, and BTW…..thank you for reposting this. You’re right……the original picture is well……I don’t know how to say this without sounding completely offensive. But the new picture….wow…’ve really done it some justice since the original post! Again, thank you for reposting. No wonder you run with scissors with the sharp ends pointed up. Ha ha.

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